What Microsoft Did Right With Windows 10

Windows 7, Windows 8, then Windows… 10?! As my colleague, Maria Krisette Capati said in her overview of Windows 10’s Technical Preview, Microsoft decided not to follow a chronological number labeling for its new version of Windows. But let’s put aside this little quirk and look at what Microsoft did right with this new operating system. Some are saying that Windows 8 is the new Vista and Windows 10 is the new Windows 7, but why is that? What makes Windows 10 so special that it’s starting to reinvigorate the public’s opinion of Microsoft, if ever so slightly?

Perhaps the biggest pet peeve of people who explored Windows 8 was the forced “Metro” or “(Post) Modern” interface. The operating system gained lots of negative attention due to the fact that every time you would boot into Windows 8, all of your tiled applications would appear in front of you before you ever saw the desktop. Microsoft’s argument for this is that they want to shift into a more mobile-centric platform, though this has since proven to be a rather ambitious idea that largely went wrong.

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In what seems to be an attempt to shift public opinion of the operating system’s destiny, the company has now implemented the old “Metro” interface as part of the Start menu in Windows 10. This means that all of the apps you’re using in Windows 8 will still be available, albeit through the desktop. The Start menu, instead of taking up your entire screen, is back to looking like the legitimate menu we’ve all been accustomed to in previous iterations of Windows.

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Capati’s article (linked at the beginning) covers the most important features of Windows 10 in great detail while also touching the subject of desktop “fluidity”. The ability to run non-desktop apps in your desktop as resizeable programs like any other is perhaps the most impacting sign that Windows 10 is attempting to appeal once again to desktop users. But there are also a few things that show improvements that go beyond just mitigating Windows 8’s features into something more PC-friendly. Pressing “Alt+Tab” brings up an interface that is a bit more elegantly displayed and less clunky.

As a person who uses the command line frequently, I’d have to say that one of the things that has given me goosebumps is the fact that I can actually press “Ctrl+C” and “Ctrl+V” in the command line without seeing the “^C” and “^V” markers. I can finally copy and paste commands without having to rummage through the interface with my mouse. I’m sure that this new feature will make other command line geeks happy!

As with any other version of Windows, this new iteration will certainly not sit well with everyone. What could be said with certainty, however, is that Microsoft is reconciling with desktops and this is a sign of good things to come. Be this as it may, no one can judge whether Windows 10 is worth upgrading or not except you, dear reader. What do you think? Tell us in the comments!

21 comments

  1. I will wait till the final version of windows 10 is out in the market , before I can decide if I want to upgrade or not !

    • Don’t hold your breath! The current version of Win 10 is a proof of concept. When the final release of Win10 hits the stores, chances are it will be nothing more than a warmed over Win 8.x with a few cosmetic changes. Maybe by Win 12 all these features will finally be incorporated.

    • Smart idea, considering that what we’re seeing is a technical preview. I doubt they’re going to say, “No, this isn’t a good idea. We were well received by the media with this version, but we think we should revert to our old model.” But then again, they could still add things that are disappointing.

  2. “I’m sure that this new feature will make other command line geeks happy!”

    Seriously? Increasing the incompatibility with unix terminals is a good thing? They should have added Ctrl+Shift+C and Ctrl+Shift+V to do these things, as you have it on every system where the terminal / “command line” is worth something. Having Ctrl+C to cancel a running process was perfectly fine.

    • Don’t you know that Microsoft always “knows better” and therefore wants to “improve” everything? It used to be known as the 3E policy (Embrace, Extend, Extinguish).

      In Windows 8, it wasn’t the Metro interface that was at fault, it was the stupid users who did not understand and appreciate the innovative brilliance of the concept.

      • you said…..”In Windows 8, it wasn’t the Metro interface that was at fault, it was the stupid users who did not understand and appreciate the innovative brilliance of the concept.” the whole OS was a huge time wasting POS dragonmouth and the only stupidity here is coming from your face! i for one have already started migrating towards Linux and the people who bring their computers to me for cleaning and minor repairs have also started using Linux….mostly as dual boots….most are liking Linux far better than they ever did windoz!! keep your insults to yourself!

        • Brigit, dragonmouth was being satirical. He wasn’t insulting users himself, but paraphrasing MS.

          • I read it that way too, Miguel. However, it might have been an idea to enclose satirical remarks in “” “” faux-hashtags. Too many MS trolls monitor sites like this (which to me seem to be more MS-promotion than anything else) say what DragonMouth and mean it literally, which tends to sensitise people like Brigit and myself.

          • That last comment filtered out the actual hashtag [satire]/[/satire] except substitute the greater than and less than signs for the [ ].

          • @Miguel:
            The word you were thinking of is “sarcastic”, not “satirical.” :-)

            @brigit:
            I was not denigrating the users. I was denigrating, dissing and putting down the arrogant Microsoft attitude of “We are the infallible M$ and we know better than you what you want and what is best for you.”

    • Exactly what I was thinking jplatte, why does MS always seem to have to take the road they pave instead of going with the standards already setup? This along with the pain that has always been IE for web developers is enough to make me sick. I wish MS would stop with the we know better attitude and get on board with what the rest of the world is doing and if they dont want to do that the choice should be simple, give us the control to make it that way, or just go away and die quietly!

      • They won’t, Kevin, for the simple reason that what worked in the past – when they had the lion’s share of the market – was they wanted to be standards setter. They still extort monies on the basis of a “standard” they “patented”: how valid this standard or patent is is an unknown since they won’t disclose the details to anyone.

        As entire cities and municipalities move away from a nationalistically-myopic Microsoft vendor lock-in trap, MS’s strategy of defining and pushing their standards over others will fail as people discover that those standards cost less, are more robust and don’t commit them to a never-ending MS taxation cycle.

  3. Windows 8 has been the biggest mistake by Microsoft in the whole history of Computing technology.

    It has been 2 years , the damage had been done – even if they bring out 10 , I don’t think people will still be happy adapting to the hybrid OS.

    This could be the final nail in the coffin for windows , at least in the consumer space , not the case in enterprise though.

    Android L , on the other hand , is the most brilliant , exceptionally good looking mobile OS Google has ever released.

  4. If Microsoft’s idea for releasing the Beta version of Windows 10 to the public is to get feedback and listen, AND IMPLEMENT, to experienced people’s ideas and suggestions, then they probably will have a successful Windows 10 by the time it is released.
    On the other hand, if their idea is to get feedback on bugs and silly tiles, then they are saying that they are the master chefs, that they have already cooked the meal, and you, the customer, must eat it, and that would be a very bad idea that will cost them dearly. It’s not the 1980s and MSDOS anymore; people have choices now, but not corporations.
    There are so many individual complaints all over the web, and lots of them are actually “whining”, with threats to migrate to Linux.
    I’d say to those: What is stopping you? Simply use the version of Linux you like, and say goodbye to Microsoft and its Windows; end of story.
    We must remember that not everyone can easily switch to Linux. Your AOL grandmother customer who uses the computer to go to chat rooms can easily convert, probably. But not the corporate world where companies are investing $100s of millions in software that only runs on Windows, such as engineering and manufacturing applications at major manufacturers.
    These companies cannot afford to switch to an OS developed and supported (if any) by volunteers and forums!
    The only time that giant US companies, like Microsoft, will listen to customers is when it starts to hit their profits real hard, which can happen when a significant percentage of people switch to other operating systems, if they become available, and become a viable alternative.
    Microsoft still has time to reconsider the Windows path. They must try to shove in their hard heads that the Windows desktop user has a completely different set of needs and requirements from that of the Windows phone user. Duh!!!
    The only potential challengers to MS out there, as of now, IMHO, are Google and HP.
    HP has already proved it is not up to the challenge. They balked at the first sign of trouble and abandoned WebOS. Shame on them! Womanizing was more important back then.
    So Google is the only one that could create a challenging OS that would appeal to the corporate world, not just chat room users (Chrome OS is a good start), and that would be good to the consumer if it ever happens!

    • “These companies cannot afford to switch to an OS developed and supported (if any) by volunteers and forums!”
      Don’t YOU be spreading FUD!
      Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, Oracle Linux and Ubuntu have the resources of large corporations behind their development and maintenance. CentOS is maintained by Red Hat Corp. The developer and maintainer for Scientific Linux is Fermi Lab. All these distros have wide acceptance and usage in the corporate environment. Between them they constitute the vast majority of corporate and academic installs. One other thing you need to consider is that if a corporation, municipality or a university switches to Linux, it has or hires its own support staff, just asit had when running Windows. These organizations need to have their problems solved yesterday. They cannot be waiting for vendor troubleshooters to show up, no matter whether they are running Windows or Linux.

      I do agree with you that most Linux distros are maintained by volunteers. However, those distros are mostly “I can cook up a Linux distro, too” hobby efforts.

      Microsoft may still has more total users than any other O/S but that number is dwindling every day, no matter what M$ does.

  5. @Gooligan: While I agree with most of what you’ve stated, I would like ot point out that a lot of companies and government agencies (mostly overseas!) have already moved on from Microsoft and Windows. Munich is a country thats on that list….along with China and parts of South America as well (Brazil!) not all corporations are willing to deal with the licensing schemes, the glitchy, buggy, bloated, and severly under-protected operating systems that are: SQL server…Windows Server 2012/2013….Windows OS and other facets of the company that just can’t seem to keep up withthe rest of the world. its only recently been announced that “Microsoft Loves Linux” (see this: http://www.zdnet.com/why-microsoft-loves-linux-7000035218/) and although it has a nice “60’s-Give-Peace-A-Chance” vibe it falls so short in so many ways. But this is not to say that MS doesn’t have potential to get BETTER, they do….but not all corporations are “bound” to office or anything else MS offers as there are now equivalent, competent, and sometimes even better quality software and apps out there that don’t cost a thing. Some companies are even now….building out an experimental Linux / Apple network infrastructure to see if it can compete with Windows on daily tasks and procedures. Even Iffce is no longer the 800Lb gorilla in the room. I have twice or more been to offices located in Manhattan (cannot name the companies!) that have running and fully functional versions of LibreOffice running, and no once has a problem using it….there’s not incredibly complicated learning curve. In fact a ot of the commands and such in MS office can be found in LibreOffice and the more aged looking OpenOffice. The world of open source is making rapid headway into the corporate enterprise, and not just the back end servers but workstations and desktop machines as well. Eventually MS will eiher have to adapt or fold….because not much longer will the corporate world continue to operate in the same fashion.

      • Thanks for the correction! I was so “charged up” with Red Bull and Cranberry Juice I didn’t slow down enough to type properly! Cheers!

  6. Made the switch to Ubuntu years ago. Never looked back. Never regretted the change. My computer runs faster as well. “For what I need” Ubuntu satisfies.

  7. Thanks to all for your input. Everyone talks of his/her own experience, of course. I spoke of my own at a global, and a very large design & manufacturing company.

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